Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," will launch Ohio Wesleyan University's 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium lecture series.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," will launch Ohio Wesleyan University's 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium lecture series.

The series' focus is "Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice at Ohio Wesleyan University."

Ehrenreich will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Gray Chapel in University Hall on the OWU green.

Also speaking during the Sagan series will be Andrei Codrescu, an English professor at Louisiana State University and frequent commentator on National Public Radio, who will discuss "What Is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, also in the Benes Rooms at Hamilton-Williams Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

All Sagan events are free and open to the public.

Ehrenreich's lecture, "Renewing America for a Global Century," will include discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and is part of the department's Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture Series.

Other Sagan National Colloquium events:

Robert Pape, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, who will discuss "America's Relative Decline and Its Consequences" at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Benes Rooms of the campus center. Nathaniel Fick, chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security and author of "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer," whose topic is "The Afghanistan Inheritance," will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, in the Benes Room. Susan Eisenhower, president of The Eisenhower Group, will discuss "America's Energy Infrastructure: Renewing for Global Competitiveness," at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 in University Hall's Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. Kori Schake, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and associate professor of international security studies at the U.S. Military Academy, will discuss "Managing American Hegemony: American Power in a Time of Dominance" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Benes Room. Richard Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will address "The American Midwest in the Age of Globalization" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Benes Rooms. Andrew Revkin, environmental reporter for The New York Times, will discuss "The Energy Quest" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Benes Rooms. Joshua Spero, associate professor of political science at Fitchburg State College, will discuss "National and International Leadership through Service," followed by a panel discussion featuring OWU graduates Marija Ignjatovic (2003) and Lydia Spitalny (2008), at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Benes Rooms. Bonnie Honig, a professor of political science at Northwestern University and research professor at the American Bar Foundation, will lecture on "Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Benes Rooms.

For more information on Ehrenreich's program or the Sagan National Colloquium, visit http://snc.owu.edu.